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Facebook Fixes: Message about who can see your stuff

December 21, 2012

When you log in to Facebook, you may be presented with a new message at the top of your Newsfeed.  It isn’t spam, but rather an announcement from Facebook.fb-privacy-msg

They have added a new icon on the top menu bar (see the little lock that is circled in red).  Clicking this icon will open up a new menu where you can easily check your privacy settings.

From this list, you will be able to see who can see your information, a link to view all the posts you have made, and check out how your lists work (assuming you have set up lists).  In addition, you can change who can contact you and block someone.

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Who can see my stuff:

Who can see my future posts?  This allows you to select a group from a drop down list of Public, Friends, Friends except Acquaintances, Only Me and Custom.  There is also the ability to select from a list you created.  This change will only affect future posts. Any posts you have already made keep their current privacy setting.

Where can I review all my posts and things I’m tagged in?  The link here will take you to your activity log.  A long laundry list of everything you have done on Facebook.  You have the opportunity there to manage your posts, including delete them.

What do other people see on my timeline?  This link lets you view your Timeline as others set it. If your Timeline is set to Public, then you won’t see any difference.  If you use lists, and filter who can see certain things, you will be able to enter someone’s name to see if they are able to see the post or not.

Who can contact me?  This drop down menu lets you select which group can send you a message – Choices are: Everyone, Friends of Friends, and Friends.

Who can send me a friend request? Again, another drop down menu to control who can sent you a request. Choices are: Everyone or Friends of Friends.

And finally, How do I stop someone from bothering me?  Have a stalker who you want to block? Type in their name or email address and viola, stalker be gone.

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